The promotional rollout for Mortal Kombat has been heating up for the last few weeks. But unfortunately, the movie’s release date has just slipped a little bit further away. Variety is reporting that Warner Bros.’ big screen reboot of the hit video game franchise won’t hit theaters and HBO Max on April 16 as planned. Instead, the film will premiere a week later on April 23.
Delays are nothing new to Mortal Kombat. Warner Bros. was originally planning to release the movie last spring before the COVID-19 outbreak sent the entire film industry into a tailspin. The studio subsequently moved the film to its previous April 16 slot. But thankfully, the latest delay isn’t too drastic.
Variety speculates that WB is doing this to give Godzilla vs. Kong time to shine at the box office. That film, which hits theaters and HBO Max in the U.S. tomorrow, is doing big numbers overseas. Its international total currently sits at $123 million (a new pandemic record). Plus, it’s expected to earn an additional $20-30 million over the next five days.
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Simon McQuoid directed Mortal Kombat from a script by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham. Lewis Tan is headlining the film as Cole Young, a new addition to the franchise. The cast also includes Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, and Max Huang as Kung Lao. Chin Han is menacing the fighters as Shang Tsung alongside Josh Lawson as Kano, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Daniel Nelson as Kabal, and Elissa Cadwell as Nitara.
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